Substitute Like a Boss
“It’s the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom.” – Michael Morpurgo, Author
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Substitute teachers are needed more than ever around the world. Substitute teaching means you have a flexible schedule and can lead to a more permanent position. Substitute teachers make a difference in the lives of children and also help teachers get much needed time for self-care and wellness. Below are my presentations to thrive as a substitute teacher. Tips include how to manage a classroom, engage students, and be prepared for any situation. Scroll down for a curated list of tons of resources and free tools.
- Establish a routine!
- Walk in motivated- You will have the rest of the year to get bogged down, stressed, and in the dumps. What's wrong with walking in believing you can really make a difference ?
- Be preventative and proactive when it comes to managing your classroom- In my classes, I want my students to reflect on their behavior choices, think about the consequences of their choices, and make better decisions. Writing them up and sending them to the principal doesn’t really get them to do this. I try not to punish and strive to discipline with love. Classroom management tips and strategies are discussed in chapter 19 of The 30 Goals Challenge.
- Build a teacher survival kit- I knew a teacher, who carried in her purse, masking tape, scissors, a small cushion ball, and other supplies for emergencies. This was her kit, which made her flexible to change her lessons or get kids moving in case of fire drills, student restlessness, etc. I talk about this more in detail in chapter 9 of The 30 Goals Challenge. Find a recent post here!
- Have fun!- Students should leave your class feeling that math, science, reading, writing, etc. can be fun so that they continue the exploration and learning outside your class!
Find the tools listed in my presentations and many more resources in the bookmarks below.